Matt Wagner

I hold a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University; I've been working in design since 2000, and I am also LEED AP.  My design approach blends conceptual clarity with contextual indicators to create the experience and memory of a place.  I believe sustainability should be treated as the baseline for building, and I therefore fully incorporate it into my professional and academic practices.

I enjoy working with students for many reasons, but foremost is the open dialogue.  We treat studio not only as a place for design, but as an open forum for discussing ideas, aspirations, direction, and expectations for the future of design.  Along with the conceptual parameters and constraints defined by students, emerge not only newly designed spaces, but new ideas about the use of space, social interactions, and daily operations.  It is through iterative analysis, provided by both myself and each student’s peers, that such ideas can be cultivated and realized.

Prior to joining the interior design faculty, I worked for William McDonough + Partners in Charlottesville, Virginia.  William McDonough + Partners is an internationally recognized architecture and community design firm, with a practice centered around Cradle to Cradle philosophy.  Through contextually driven concepts, environmental analysis, and the screening of materials, we created buildings that promote healthy, uplifting environments.  While with William McDonough + Partners, I worked on numerous domestic and international projects, all of which were designed and documented for LEED certification.  Such projects include the WM+P Make It Right House in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Ferrer Research & Development Tower in Barcelona, Spain. 

While gaining my Master of Architecture at Virginia Tech, I had the opportunity to be a member of the core build team for the 2005 Virginia Tech Solar House.  Our house placed first in the four critical categories of architecture, dwelling, day lighting, and electric lighting.  My graduate thesis project, a theoretical design for a museum of local art in Richmond, Virginia, was recognized with an award from the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design.

My other areas of interest for design are the implementation of parametric modeling, BIM, and rendering.  When I’m not investigating these interests in my free time, I’m either riding my mountain bike or motorcycle, fishing, or traveling.

wagnermd@vt.edu

Courses I teach:

Second, Third, and Fourth Year Design Studios

Construction Documents

Software Workshops - Emphasis on Revit; other platforms include Rhino, Grasshopper, 3ds Max, and Adobe Creative Suite.